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Goddess of phantoms and of shadowy play, whose drowsy pow’r divides the nat’ral day: ink-black opoponax absolute, glittering amber, caramelized oud, black styrax, and Oman frankincense.

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Immediately in the bottle, I think of ginger. Fresh, not very spicy ginger.

 

Then a liquid amber comes out. These resins meld together so well I can't really pick them out, though. Sweet, maybe a little baby powder in there but mostly liquid resin. This makes me think Byzantine, even though the amber is not the super bright gold you'd associate with the era. Dusky soft blue-black and dull pallid gold.

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this is only two days rested so this may have an impact. as an avid frankincense lover i was very excited to purchase this.

 

in the bottle i get a hint of frankincense and a lot of a cola like note i usually associate with labdanum. i’m guessing this could be part of the amber. freshly on and into the drydown this is all about the syrupy black amber. i feel like the other notes are contributing to the amber to support it rather than coming through on their own. i don’t get much oud at this point for those worried about that. it’s not too powdery on me and i usually will amp powdery aspects.

 

all about the amber for now, but i’m looking forward to retesting in the future and seeing how this ages.

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In the imp I'm finding this very light and sweet, and there's a sort of bubblegum note - maybe lotus? On my skin I get a sort of fizzy spicy cola note, which I get with some resins. It almost makes me think of the fizzy champagne note, but softer. The base gets richer as it dries but it is very much a gorgeous glittering resin scent. This is worthy of a bottle upgrade for me!

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Imagine all the forbidden nocturnal mystery evoked by rich, smoky, brooding resins such as opoponax, oud, and frankincense, but soften it with sweetness and snuggles, make it a kinder, gentler darkness. Brown sugar candle glow, amber lantern light, the honeyed hum of a streetlamp– a companionable luminescence for the midnight soul, and a comforting balm for night owls, moonlighters, and after-dark enthusiasts.  

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This is gorgeous. 

 

Opening the bottle I got a strong whiff of incense smoke but the smokiness fades quickly. Wet on my skin there's something dark and surprising, licorice-like smell, that seems to be the resins, until sweet caramelized oud is getting stronger and taming it a bit during drydown. 

 

Dry it's mostly glowing amber, sweet oud and dark frankincense. I have no words to describe how beautiful this is. Nyx, Night Goddess, she is divine. 

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